6th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs

Hybrid International Courts: A Tenth Anniversary Retrospective on the Special Court for Sierra Leone

The 6th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, co-sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center at the
Chautauqua Institution, is an historic gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg through the
present day and leading professionals in the international criminal law field. This unique three day event, held August
26-28, 2012, will allow participants and the public to engage in meaningful dialogue concerning past and contemporary crimes
against humanity, and the role of modern international criminal law.

This year’s theme focuses on the theme, “Hybrid International Courts: A Tenth Anniversary Retrospective on the Special Court for Sierra Leone.”

The sessions are free (with the exception of meals) and open to the public. For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at (716) 483-6646.

Highlights of the Dialogs include updates from the current prosecutors, a panel discussion and assessment of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, “Porch-Sessions with the Prosecutors” featuring a variety of focused topics, and the issuance of a Sixth Chautauqua Declaration by all the Prosecutors in attendance. In addition, there will be a special film presentation of “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 26 at the Chautauqua Cinema (tickets are available for purchase directly at the theater).

The film, part courtroom drama, part political thriller, and part war movie, is about the ongoing efforts to bring to trial in an international court of law José Efraín Ríos Montt, the Guatemalan dictator and military commander. Attending will be Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst from the National Security Archive, and protagonist in the movie.

Justice Robert H. Jackson was United States Chief Prosecutor of the principal Nazi war criminals at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, during 1945-46. The Dialogs honor the legacy of Nuremberg as the first successful international effort to hold individuals criminally responsible for planning and waging aggressive war, committing war crimes and committing crimes against humanity. It founded the era of International Criminal Law and set standards that guide international prosecutors today.


Please click the below link to view the live IHLD web stream. The web cast will be available during the dialog sessions that take place at Fletcher Hall Monday 8/27.

Live Streaming

Schedule of Events